Over one thousand schools are set to receive expert support from some of the country’s highest performing schools as the Department for Education announces six new Teaching School Hubs today (7 January).
Schools will benefit from a three-year programme of support, with each of the six successful schools acting as a regional hub and will receive funding to support between 200 to 300 other schools in the local area.
This will give struggling schools direct access to the expertise from school leaders with a track record of improving challenging schools. Support could include delivering tailored professional development for teachers, hosting observations and visits or deploying system leaders to offer advice and guidance to local schools.
This forms part of a new scheme, launched by last year, to simplify and strengthen how the government drives up school standards, building on the successes of the Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education programmes.
The six new hubs will be based in five areas of the country, including North Yorkshire, Sheffield and Devon, building on the Government’s ambition to drive up school standards in areas of the country most in need of support.
Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:
"It is vital that we back our best school leaders and help them to support struggling schools so that we can continue to drive forward the high standards we are already seeing in schools across the country.
"These new Teaching School Hubs will make it easier for the best school leaders to share expert advice and help schools in their local communities, ensuring that those schools facing the greatest challenges are supported as simply and efficiently as possible."